Northern Lights over Prelude Lake

Curtains of shimmering green light sprawl across this gorgeous night skyscape.
In the foreground lies the peaceful Prelude Lake, located about 30 kilometers east
of Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada. From high northern latitudes these
mesmerizing northern lights, also known as the aurora borealis, are becoming a
more familiar sight. As the September 23rd, 2010, equinox approaches, nights grow
longer and a favorable season for aurora begins. Recorded on September 11, 2010, this
panoramic scene spans about 180 degrees. Brighter stars peering through the auroral
glow at the left form the recognizable northern asterism, the Big Dipper. A more
compact Pleiades star cluster shines at the far right.